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What are possible side effects of triptans?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects may include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, tingling sensations, flushing, chest and throat tightness, skeletal pain, indigestion, nausea, and dry mouth. Nasal sprays may also cause sinus discomfort and changes in the sense of taste. Injections may cause pain, swelling, and tingling at the injection site. Patches may cause skin reactions. In rare cases, heart attack has occurred shortly after taking a triptan. 

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When taking triptans you may experience some mild side effects. The oral medications can cause a tingling in your fingers or tightness in your throat, while the nasal spray can leave a bad taste in your mouth. The injectable form of sumatriptan tends to cause more intense side effects, such as a "rush" through the body and pressure in the head, neck, or upper chest.

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